Chouffe Biere Du Soleil - Brasserie d'Achouffe
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3.38/5 rDev -8.4%
On tap at Cole's. Cloudy yellow, lacey. As initially served too cold, it does not improve that much as rises to room temperature. Good drinkability, medium mouthfeel, very saison yeasty aroma. Malted,herbal, a tad spicy but not very complex. OK for the style
10-19-2011 00:30:08 | More by Sammy
3.6/5 rDev -2.4%
On tap at a Duvel takeover at Rapture in Charlottesville.
Quarter-finger head, hazy amber (ruddy) body.
Slightly tart nose with some citrus and a bit of funk.
Mellow, subdued funk in the taste, though there's a possible metallic note in there somewhere. I'm wondering whether this is due to the unusual malt bill. Balanced, but not robust nor particularly interesting.
Mouthfeel is very smooth and quite nice.
Underwhelming? Supposedly the first time in the States for this one. Kind of a subdued, un-spicy saison.
11-03-2011 01:39:26 | More by zaphodchak
3.5/5 rDev -5.1%
Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured a hazy yellow-orange with a two finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount very slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, spice, fruit, spicy hop, and earthy hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, fruit, earth hop, spice, and spicy hop. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. I actually didn’t know what to expect going into this one, but knew with it being from La Chouffe that it would be earthy and hoppy. They did not disappoint on this fact as I got both right out of the gate. The spicy note was definitely a new one from them though that I have no experienced in the past. I actually quite enjoyed this one with my lunch that day. Definitely worth at least trying if you get the opportunity to do so.
01-15-2013 11:51:55 | More by thagr81us
3.3/5 rDev -10.6%
Always exciting to see a new d'Achouffe beer on tap.
A: The ale is amber color, lighter towards the autumnal orange end of the spectrum and hazed over. No head on this one.
S: Sweetness, pale breads and fruits and yeast, gives the beer the air of a Belgian amber ale on steroids. Beyond the candi sugar-inspired sweetness, there isn't much depth.
T: The candi sugars and yeast are immediately evident, sweetness from the first sip. Light breads follow, biscuity. A fuller body, supporting the sweetness, doesn't add much depth, making this a one trick pony. Too much amber for me, the sweetness a minor moment of redemption.
M: An amped up amber ale. Glad for the chance to try it though. If there are d'Achouffe offerings, check them out first.
02-26-2012 01:10:29 | More by akorsak
2.78/5 rDev -24.7%
Well what a letdown. I'd just had the beautiful De Glazen Toren Saison D'Erpe Mere and then tried this one. It fell totally flat by comparison. Faint, not much flavor happening, none of that delightful saison sweet freshness. I'm a saison lover and this was a real disappointment, a shadow of what you'd expect. I just wound up using it as a palate cleanser between some heavier things I was trying. It was handy in that role! Utterly forgettable and I'd never waste another beerportunity on it in the future.
01-24-2012 04:26:06 | More by BrownNut
3.53/5 rDev -4.3%
I just had this on tap at Shorty's in NYC. I was surprised to see that La Chouffe had a Saison style beer that I did not know existed. The hazy chestnut color does not look like the Saisons I am used to, and it did not have very much of a head. The aroma was pleasing, with sour apple and pepper standing out. For the flavor itself, the tart apple remained and brought with it a grassiness and a certain funkiness. I did not pick up on much citrus as some of the other reviewers did. The mouthfeel was watery, and overall it was a bit one-dimensional. This was not really a great saison, and I am disappointed that it be4ars the great name of La Chouffe. I would like to find out more details of the brewing for this.
11-26-2012 19:17:23 | More by Neorebel
4.26/5 rDev +15.4%
Pours a rich, deep golden color which borders a light bronze. Pillowy, foamy head forms and leaves a lot of lacework on the branded glass. Aroma of bready malts, very clean, with some yeast and earthy must. In the taste, Belgian yeast with a very light musty taste. Subtle tart notes, but mostly just amplified yeast notes and the hops. Malt is doughy and mildly sweet, not enough to cut through the earthy, dank funk. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, high level of carbonation, and very smooth. Overall, this is a high quality authentic Belgian farmhouse ale. I'd recommend it.
05-20-2013 23:07:42 | More by Stinkypuss
3.73/5 rDev +1.1%
Served on-draught into a goblet in low altitude Seal Beach, California. Reviewed from notes taken at Beachwood BBQ.
A: Pours a one finger head of nice cream lacing, great thickness, and great retention. Dark nontransparent caramel-amber.
Sm: Caramel, cream, and a light hint of dark fruit esters. A mild strength aroma.
T: Dark fruit, cream, and light caramel. A bit simple, but very tasty. It's certainly got depth. Nice toasted malt. Balanced and well built.
Mf: Smooth and wet; a bit buttery with light cream. Suits the flavours.
Dr: Very drinkable. It comes at a high price, but the quality is great. I'd have it again, but preferably not at this price.
11-05-2011 05:44:40 | More by kojevergas
3.75/5 rDev +1.6%
Refreshing to see a Saison with managable alcohol and taste- not trying too hard to meet the demand of American craft drinkers, nor the anti-establishment table beer. It's like baby bear soup.
Honey gold and hazy in appearances, the heady beer releases a creamy froth that steers away from the usual racy carbonation and spritzy character. Instead the beer looks of Witbier with a soft ivory pillow that retains effortlessly the session and trails with classic Belgian lace.
Earthy with pear and fresh cut tobacco, the sent is backed with honey and mild grainy caramel. Hebal hops offer up a pleasantly floral tone with grassy botanical and wet hay. A spicy tinge of white pepper and wine tickle the nose heading into taste.
Terse sweetness of grain, light honey and over-ripened orchard fruit captivate the early palate, just as the raw taste of hibiscus and tobacco offer an earthen sweetness at middle palate. Finishing boldly bitter- the taste turns dry, peppery, and lightly cidery. An aftertaste of mulled herbs and grass keep the beer lingering into the next sip.
Mid-light on the palate, the ale affirms with slightly more robust malt character that holds of the turn to dryness, warmth, or crispness until later in the taste. Light wine tannin and cidery spice offer a final impression.
Biere du Soliel is certainly an earthy and semi-dry Saison, yet it borrows a fruity and earthy tone that's normally seen in older English ales. Though they fit in nicely here, its oddly compelling until the taste buds get acclimated to the beer's overall taste.
05-17-2013 22:57:11 | More by BEERchitect
3.6/5 rDev -2.4%
On tap at Little Bear in Los Angeles, CA.
Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass all the way down to the last drop. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and spice but seems pretty mild aroma wise. Taste is much the same with a very mild spice bitterness with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it's pretty thin and mild in my opinion.
06-24-2012 08:25:50 | More by UCLABrewN84
Chouffe Biere Du Soleil from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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